Monthly Archives: October 2012

October 24, 2012

“Stance” undergrad philosophy journal’s call for papers

From Kiley Neal, Editor-in-Chief, Stance:

The national award-winning, international undergraduate philosophy journal
Stance ( is now open for submissions. Stance has
the following marks of distinction:

  • Recipient of the 2010 American Philosophical Association/Philosophy Documentation Center Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs
  • Listed in The Philosopher’s Index
  • Full international reach, including an international editorial staff
  • Registered with the U.S. Library of Congress and distributed through EBSCO Pub. Co.
  • Authors of published papers, and their department chairs, receive a complimentary, highest-quality print copy, in addition to access to the web version.


Stance seeks original philosophical papers authored by current undergraduates.

Submission Guidelines:
Stance welcomes papers concerning any philosophical topic. Current
undergraduates may submit a paper between 1500 and 3500 words in
length (footnotes may extend the word limit 500 words at most). Stance
asks that each undergraduate only submit one paper for the journal per
year. Papers should avoid unnecessary technicality and strive to be
accessible to the widest possible audience without sacrificing clarity
or rigor. They are evaluated on the following criteria: depth of
inquiry, quality of research/academic rigor, creativity, lucidity,
struggle, significance, and, most importantly, originality.

Submission Procedures:

  1. Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word (.doc) format and sent as an attachment to
  2. Manuscripts should be double-spaced (including quotations, excerpts, and footnotes).
  3. The right margin should not be justified.
  4. To facilitate our anonymous review process, submissions are to be prepared for anonymous review. Include a cover page with the author’s name, affiliation, title, and email address. Papers, including footnotes, should have no other identifying markers.
  5. Footnotes should follow Chicago Manual of Style. Examples are on our website under Notes for Contributors.
  6. Please use American spellings and punctuation, except when directly quoting a source that has followed British style.

For further concerns, please visit Stance on the web at or contact us at

DEADLINE: Friday, December 14, 2012

October 16, 2012

2012, the Hunger Games, and Other Apocalypses

Attention major, minors, and all interested students: you are all invited to a mid-semester event next Monday, October 22 at 4:30 pm in MC 208.  It will be an opportunity to talk to professors about next semester’s offerings, find out what we expect to offer this summer and next year, and generally get to know other Truman students in the progam.  If you are considering a major or a minor, this is an excellent chance to find out what it’s all about!

The event will be capped by a talk by Dr. Dereck Daschke, Department Chair, called “2012, the Hunger Games, and Other Apocalypses.”  He will discuss the persistence of apocalyptic belief in cultures and explore the popular and entertainment sides of it through the success of the books and films in the Hunger Games series and the excitement over doomsday date-setting, as in the Mayan 2012 “prediction.”

October 6, 2012

Famous people with a degree in philosophy

For your reading enjoyment: Famous people with a degree in philosophy

Call for Papers for the Pacific University Undergrad Philosophy Conference


April 19-20, 2013
Pacific University
Forest Grove, Oregon

Keynote talk, “Facts from Fictions,” by Peter Kivy (Rutgers University)

The 17th annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
will be held April 19-20, 2013 on the campus of Pacific University, in
Forest Grove, Oregon. The purpose of this conference is to provide a
forum for the presentation of philosophical work of undergraduates to
their peers. Papers are required to be of philosophical content, but
there are no specific restrictions on subject matter within the arena
of philosophical discussion itself. Papers should be approximately
3000 words (10-12 pages). Electronic submissions, including paper and
abstract (Word documents), should be sent to:
Submission deadline is February 1, 2013. Final decisions will be made
by February 28, 2013. Volunteers for session chairs are also welcome.
Selected papers from the conference will be published in Volume 4
(2013) of the journal Res Cogitans
<> .

This is strictly an undergraduate conference, with only undergraduates
allowed on the conference program. The single exception is the keynote
speaker. Past keynotes speakers have included: Paul Churchland, Hilary
Putnam, John Searle, Keith Lehrer, Catherine Elgin, John Perry, Hubert
Dreyfus, Jerry Fodor, Alvin Plantinga, Cora Diamond, and James Sterba.
This year’s keynote talk will be by Peter Kivy (Rutgers University).

The conference schedule will be as follows:
Friday, April 19:
Conference banquet 6:00-7:30pm

Saturday, April 20:
Breakfast 7:00-8:00am;
Paper sessions 8:00-11:15;
Keynote talk 11:30-1:00;
Conference luncheon 1:00-2:15;
Paper sessions 2:15-6:15.

Travel and lodging information can be found by on the conference web site at:

Registration costs: $40, payable at the conference. Three meals will
be provided: Friday night banquet, Saturday breakfast and lunch.

For further information, contact Professor Boersema via email
( or by phone (503 352 2150) or at the address

Dept. of Philosophy, Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest
Grove, OR 97116